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Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba Attendance: 15,321
Jets look to put tough loss behind them vs. Canucks
Vancouver Canucks at Winnipeg Jets
- The Canucks beat the Penguins, 3-2, in overtime in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. It was their second consecutive win in Pittsburgh, the first time they've done that since a four-game winning streak from 2001-2008.
- Brock Boeser scored the game-winner on Vancouver's first shot of overtime. It was his second goal of the season, both of which have been game-winners. Last season, just four of his 29 goals were game-winning goals.
- After the Jets moved to Winnipeg, Vancouver went 5-1-0 in the first six meetings between the teams. Since then, the Jets are 9-1-0 against the Canucks, including a perfect 6-0-0 at home, where they've outscored Vancouver 19-7 in those games.
- The Jets lost to the Oilers, 5-4 in overtime, at home on Tuesday, despite holding a 4-1 lead entering the third period. It was just the third time in franchise history (and the first time at home) that they've blown a three-goal lead after two periods. The others came in 2013-14 and 2002-03.
- Adam Lowry scored the first two goals of the game in the loss to Edmonton, his first goals since scoring one in the season opener. Last season, he had just eight goals, but played in only 45 games due to injuries.
- The Canucks are averaging just 25.3 shots on goal per game, second fewest in the league (Anaheim, 24.0). They're allowing 32.2 shots on goal per game, but are also blocking 19.8 shots per game, the most in the NHL.
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A day after the Winnipeg Jets blew a three-goal lead in the third period and lost in overtime to the Edmonton Oilers, Jets coach Paul Maurice could easily have pulled the bag skate out of his hat.
After all, those games are a guaranteed two points 99 percent of the time.
Make that 97 percent, to match Oilers superstar Connor McDavid's number. The two-time defending scoring champion was part of four goals and a threat every time he hopped over the boards at Bell MTS Place.
The Jets were practically automatic last year in shutting down games once they got the lead in the third period, but an inability to stymie the player Sidney Crosby calls the best player in the world did them in.
Instead of Maurice punishing his players, he held a spirited but light-hearted practice on Wednesday.
But that didn't mean the players forgot about their missed opportunities. Jets captain Blake Wheeler didn't shirk his line's responsibility in giving up the goal that started the Oilers' comeback, 18 seconds into the third period by winger Ty Rattie. It was assisted by McDavid, who finished with two goals and assists.
"(At) 4-1 should be game over. Our line went out, gave up one early on and (that) gave them momentum," Wheeler told the Winnipeg Sun. "You're fighting an uphill battle from there. You don't feel like (McDavid) is having much impact on the game and he already has a goal. And then like that, there's a four-point night. It just shows you how special he is.
"You can't take your eye off him for a second. The speed, obviously, is incredible. He just makes so many little plays happen. Trying to keep him off the board is a tough challenge. You try to do the best you can. Four (points) is obviously not a good number for our group."
The Jets are 1-0-1 thus far during a six-game homestand and 3-2-1 overall.
The Canucks come to town on the heels of an impressive 3-2 road victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, improving to 4-2-0 to begin the season, not exactly the start many observers were predicting for the first season in forever without Henrik and Daniel Sedin leading the way.
While the Oilers were able to lean heavily on their scoring leader against the Jets, the Canucks won't be able to do as forward Elias Pettersson is recovering from a head injury after being body-slammed into the ice by Mike Matheson of the Florida Panthers last week.
They will, however, depend on last year's leading scorer, right winger Brock Boeser, doing more of what he did Tuesday, when he ended the game 34 seconds into overtime with a seeing-eye wrist shot.
Canucks coach Travis Green praised a solid team effort against a perennial Stanley Cup favorite.
"What a road game that was against a hockey team that's obviously pretty deep," he said in a postgame scrum. "I think we're starting to figure out how we need to play as a group. I remember, about two weeks ago, talking about identity. We're learning how to win some hockey games."
Updated October 17, 2018